February 2

Week 4-

READ: Stuff White People Like

and Possessive Investment in Whiteness

Read and be prepared to discuss one full entry. Print out the entry and at least some of the four or five comments (some have hundreds, so you don’t need to print them all. We will go around so be prepared! Please be ready to write about and or discuss in class:

How does humor work in this website?

RJ: How does this site (and the specific item you chose) comment on and participate in the social construction of/ possessive investment in whiteness?  What is the possessive investment in whiteness?

Optional, but encouraged: add your own comment to “Stuff White People Like” website.

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20 Responses to February 2

  1. Diana Bartolo says:

    Humor is seen as way for white readers not to get offended by the so-called “accomplishments” they have created. For example, Tom who invented TOM shoes makes the members of society believe that white people do indeed help children from third world countries. But in reality, white people could be contributing to two people instead of one if they were to just donate money. The writer uses humor to
    overlook a white person’s “contained” society. Personally, white people are seen as limited individuals in this article who are not exposed to different things whether it is by choice or not. For example, white people who start to like world music only because they have traveled to a third world country.
    The possessive investment in whiteness is the reinforcement of physical characteristics that attribute to the constructed image of being “white.” For a long time it excluded european immigrants but later were accepted as “whites” because they segregated themselves amongst other minority groups. In history we constantly seen the superior group (whites) segregate themselves by enforcing laws that prohibited blacks from using the same utilities or resources as them such as public bathrooms. Whiteness not only meant skin color but a same structured mind-set that involved in maintaining social classes and made sure that whites stayed as a superior group. Whites would turn black and other racialized groups against each other in battles to make sure that they see differences rather than commonalities. In comparison to the World Cup paragraph, whites did what most European immigrants did back then, try to assimilate themselves by purchasing food, drinks, clothes of American culture. Whites like going to this event because they have the opportunity to act “European” for one day. They are able to drink at odd hours because no one challenges their social constructed culture as they would in America. Whites are there to enjoy themselves; we can stretch the idea that minorities serve as an entertainment to whites. The humor indicates that whites do not take historical events such as the World Cup seriously because it is not part of their self-identity.

  2. Becky Esrock says:

    The author depicts the possessive investment in whiteness as a racial issue that has not subsided despite the common belief that racial discrimination is being eliminated. According to the reading, the possessive investment in whiteness refers to the ability of whites to benefit from the disadvantages of non-whites. The article asserts that whites apply “racial labels to ‘nonwhite’ groups in order to stigmatize and exploit them while at the same time preserving the value of whiteness” (3). Therefore, this description portrays a world in which whites have the power to control the position of the minorities; this power is used in such a manner that they come off looking like the saints trying to rid the world of racial discrimination. The people are ignorant and don’t understand the implication of their unfair policies. The overall population is blind to the whiteness around them. The chapter talks of the rewards of whiteness. There are privileges and benefits allotted to whites that are not available to other minorities; here in lies the basis for the possessive investment in whiteness. This persistence of this sense of whiteness is evident from the blog “Stuff White People Like.” The article titled “Ray Ban Wayfarers” caught my attention based on the dramatic hook. It addresses judgmental white people, and their ability to mask this judgment with sunglasses. The article asserts, “White people can do powerful things with their eyes: casting judgment, indicating scorn, and obnoxiously rolling them when someone says something they don’t agree with.” I think that this statement can be tied into the ideas presented in the chapter. The chapter addresses how people attempt to cover their discriminatory actions and deny them. These glasses provide a buffer, and allow people to freely judge those around them without the knowledge of others. Sunglasses also tint reality, which relates back to the chapter when it talks of the “gap between white perception and minority experience” (20). There is this lack of understanding by whites regarding the rewards and privilege they receive based on their whiteness. This classical white image is presented throughout the blog. The blog paints a picture of the typical white person through the things that characterize him. The racial classification seen in a site like this is immense and eye opening. Such intense social construction of race reinforces the idea that whiteness is real and very much so thriving in today’s society.

  3. Elise Peterson says:

    To be perfectly honest, I found the website “Stuff White People Like” to be funny. This is because as a white person myself, I feel okay about laughing at the stereotypes of the racial group I am associated with. I am okay with being associated with almost everything on the lists. I do like coffee, organic food, being outdoors and I am not embarrassed to admit to any of those things. This precisely is the reason that I felt accepting and even amused by descriptions of white stereotypes. Most of the things posted on the list are things that I see as not negative interests or tendencies. If the list included stereotypes such as white people like to lay around on the couch all day, or white people like to beat their children, that of course would be a completely different story. It would then become more of an embarrassment for myself to be belonging to that racial group. This website uses the humor of the writing to also lead myself (and other as well I am sure), to overlook the fact that it is still publishing a substantial amount of racial stereotypes that while not overly negative, are still not true of every white person. Plenty of white people do not like coffee, and may not want to be stereotyped as such.

    It is interesting how this website contributes to the social construction of white identity, and inadvertently the construction of minority identity as well. This perfectly illustrates the points in “Possessive Investment in Whiteness”. While the website is seemingly all about whiteness, it is actually leaving out blacks and other minorities and thus defining them as well. Black people may like coffee, being outdoors, and health food just as much as white people, however this website suggests that they do not.

    To me, this illustrates the ways that we are able to cover up stereotyping that very much exists with things like humor. It leads us to think; “oh my gosh, that is so true, it is even funny”, about our own race. I accepted to own these stereotypes initially because of the humor, which proves how frighteningly simple it is to put stereotypes onto people. I think this website speaks to how our society operates with race today. It has perhaps become an issue that instead of being led by violence as it was for so long, we are turning to humor and mockery. This illustrates that american society still has racial divisions.

  4. Candice Kosanke says:

    Possessive investment in whiteness refers to people using their whiteness to gain an economic or political advantage, based on the claim that all other races are inferior. There are countless examples of this throughout history: whites enslaving blacks, whites attacking Native Americans and then dividing up their lands, whites relocating Native Americans, whites preventing Chinese and Indian immigrants from entering the country, whites claiming that only they can have naturalized citizenship, whites forbidding blacks to vote, whites paying Mexican American workers extremely low wages, and many other instances. These are all examples of whites taking advantage of their whiteness by means of the unsubstantiated claim that whiteness is better than blackness. Possessive investment in whiteness still exists today; whites are more likely to receive loans, less likely to be laid off, less likely to live in environmentally polluted areas, and more likely to receive good medical care.

    The “Stuff White People Like” blog explicitly participates in the social construction of whiteness by humorously making generalizations about what whites like and how they act and dress. This is social construction because the websites’ authors are defining whiteness based on social factors, not genetic or biological factors. The website also participates in the possessive investment in whiteness, but in a much more implicit way. Many of the articles, including the one I read, “#128: Camping,” parody the possessive investment in whiteness by showing that many whites view themselves as superior to other races even though they are really not. For example, the article about camping describes how white people buy expensive equipment that they will only use once, rent an expensive car that is bad for the environment, and pay an entrance fee to a park or campsite…all so that they can sleep on the ground in the middle of a forest. In a humorous way, this article reveals how many whites think they are superior and deserving of preferential treatment (they claim that camping allows them to escape pressures and connect with nature, and they seem to generally think that camping makes them better people), even though they are really not superior at all (all they’re really doing is wasting money and harming the environment in order to do a fairly worthless activity).

  5. Stephanie Morales says:

    When looking at “What White People Like” website i thought it was funny website poking fun at the consumerism of White people. It demonstrates what tendencies they have, music they listen to, books they read, artists they like and so on. i feel as though the humor that is constructed on this site is something that Whites are trying to fill this void of their lack in humor in their race. For example, they are Black comedians, Asian comedians, and Latino comedians who poke fun at their culture and common shared stories within their race. Yet here on this website they are poking fun at the American culture and their consumerism “likes”. I can say this website is funny- but quite honestly, i think what “white people like” is pretty much like anyone else, only they do it more often than most.

    RJ: How does this site (and the specific item you chose) comment on and participate in the social construction of/ possessive investment in whiteness? What is the possessive investment in whiteness?

  6. Stephanie Morales says:

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    i accidently pressed enter and it posted my comment.

    When looking at “What White People Like” website i thought it was funny website poking fun at the consumerism of White people. It demonstrates what tendencies they have, music they listen to, books they read, artists they like and so on. i feel as though the humor that is constructed on this site is something that Whites are trying to fill this void of their lack in humor in their race. For example, they are Black comedians, Asian comedians, and Latino comedians who poke fun at their culture and common shared stories within their race. Yet here on this website they are poking fun at the American culture and their consumerism “likes”. I can say this website is funny- but quite honestly, i think what “white people like” is pretty much like anyone else, only they do it more often than most.
    When looking at the website in general, it is participating in the social construction of what whites should be like. Whites must follow the new, hip, and ideals of dressing, eating, listening, among other things. This idea of possessive investment in whiteness is this method of justifying power and any other race inferior when compared to whites. Its basically white supremacy- only this investment in whiteness is utilizing this power to gain political and economical benefits. There are countless examples of how Whites have always gotten more than any other race, there is an endless of Whites controlling and demanding power against others. This website in a way does this as well- and in way subconsciously makes whites either look more into things that were mention and they didn’t know about. Maybe whites may even refer to this page when doing other things.

  7. Kate Schreiber says:

    To me, this site is somewhat in poor taste. I understand that it’s merely a website, but I feel that many of the things they listed as “what white people like” were derogatory in their own ways. I chose the article about Indie Music (#41) and how in order to understand white people you must understand that white people hate anything that’s mainstream. I, personally, strongly disagree with this statement. I could honestly list off at least 100 people who are white and love mainstream music. That, I suppose is irrelevant. I think that the site may somewhat participate in the social construction of race by making what the article deemed “conscious and deliberate actions [that] have institutionalized group identity in the United States” (2). By creating this extremely far fetched list of stuff that white people like, the creators of the website are in a small way forming a unreliable group identity for white people. Reading the article I was appalled (and never was aware of) how many government and federal actions have so direly hurt minorities – not just blacks. Certain acts that I had always presumed to be beneficial to Americans in general were actually destroying urban city housing projects and making it harder for minorities to receive adequate housing whereas whites benefited immensely from these laws. I find this to be outrageous! The possessive investment in whiteness seems to be an ideology that puts minorities in an abundance of difficult positions (this has existed for years in the past and continues into the present!) The fact that minorities entered America in what the article deemed an “already racialized society” placed all minorities at an economic and political disadvantage. That disadvantage, it would sadly seem, still exists today. While the website seems harmless and I’m almost glad that it exists because I feel like there are so many derogatory sites out there against blacks and other minorities, I feel that it is only furthering the cycle. How is it helping racism, social constructs and the elimination of the possessive investment in whiteness? What benefit of a blog that discusses how white people like the world cup so that they can drink or that they like dating asian women or enjoy indie music helps the current racial climate? I suppose that’s a discussion we will have to save for class.

  8. Sara Watson says:

    Well I should first point out that I have very high-standards for what I consider “funny” and this website did not pass my standard. I personally think the hardest thing for me (aside from reading the list of things white people like) was trying to pull out “significant” and “well constructed” arguments by random people commenting on the issues. Fortunately through my time wasted reading comments on “i popped my pants” and “Apple sucks” with the response “no YOU suck” I did manage to find some interesting responses directly and indirectly. I choose to examine #40 Apple Products on the list of things white people like. I personally was interested because as a white female, I do own a variety of Apple Products including my macbook which Im doing homework on now, my iPhone and several versions of the iPod. According to the author, “Apple products tell the world you are creative and unique. They are an exclusive product line only used by every white college student, designer, writer, English teacher, and hipster on the planet”. However, by including this on the list of things white people like the author is indirectly stating that all other races and minorities do not or cannot buy into this “exclusive product line” and thus are not “creative or unique”. One might look into this and say that by having high-tech products that surpass other computer lines, white students are receiving white privilege and able to excel compared to their counterpart races. This theory was also examined in the article The Possessive Investment in Whiteness when the author explained that “most white families acquired their net worth from the appreciation of property that they secured under conditions of special privilege in a discriminatory housing market…Housing discrimination makes white parents more able to borrow funds for their children’s college education or to loan money to their children to enter the housing market”. This statement was backed by statistics and political policies over U.S. history, but the overall idea is that white people are financially stable now due to previous racists and biased social moves in history. So as a result, white people are able to splurge on high-end products such as Apple products while minorities and other races are not able to make these purchases. I do not see the positive effect on a website or book such as this primarily because it is not being written for further research but rather a mere “laugh”. This can be seen by the overwhelming amount of insignificant comments. And while someone may post something of importance that could cause one to think about what exactly they are saying or laughing at…it is shattered by the bonehead who actually takes the time to comment “Funny – you said Apple, I thought you meant apple the fruit”.

  9. Jessica Steele says:

    The possessive investment in whiteness began long ago in American culture, and it still largely exists today. Though it may not have always been intentional, the white people in America have consistently put themselves above other races. The suffering that people of the nonwhite categories have endured has benefited the white society. This has expanded to involve housing availability, banking policies, living environments, and much more. A sense of otherness has been developed through the years, making white a category and everything else has been put into an “other” category. The white category is what things are compared against and it is the differences that are noted between the white and the other, rather than the similarities. This furthers the notion of race as a cultural concept developed by society.
    The “Stuff White People Like” blog is interesting. It is no secret that there are a wide variety of stereotypes and generalizations made about nonwhite people, races of all sorts. But this site humorously attacks whites and white culture. It pulls out the idea that whites believe that they are higher than others and that their way of life is superior. The blog blatantly makes fun of this by using broad generalizations about white society and taking not of the absurd and ridiculous aspects of each. The specific item that I looked at was #128; Camping. The post starts with a description of camping as described by white people, and then it goes on to completely tear apart that description and writes the “truth” of what camping is. The humor in it comes from the irony of the situation. The site acknowledges the generalization that white people feel superior and undercuts that with the acknowledging of the absurdity. The commentary of current social construction of racial hierarchy is that it is ridiculous and plainly wrong. Making judgments based solely on generalizations does not provide an actual representation of what real life is.

  10. Jacob Heaps says:

    While I did not find much of the website “Stuff White People Like” to be funny, I do believe that humor is one of the main forces in elimination of negative racial stereotypes. While the site pokes fun at white stereotypes, they are generally not negative associations and many white people, including myself, will probably agree that they like quite a few things on the list. A thin line must be walked when using humor to eliminate the negative sting of racial stereotypes.
    The main idea of “Possessive Investment in Whiteness” is seen first hand in the website. Association of particular interests/things/ideas with a certain race, such as white, excludes all other races. For example, #60 on the list states that white people like the Toyota Prius. By associating this car with white people, it is assumed that if someone of another race is seen driving it, they are “trying to be white.” I don’t believe this is correct, and great care must be taken when making general assumptions or groupings of a certain race.

  11. Merissa Acosta says:

    The possessive investment in whiteness is about how whites created labels to “nonwhites” so that they can preserve the value of whiteness. According to this article, whites have the power to erase racism, but to also enforce it. Either way, they still contain their power. For example, if someone white is helping to stop discrimination and racism, they look like better person and almost “saint-like”. Whites tend to have more privileges and power than other races, according to this article.

    Although some people might be offended by the website stuffwhitepeoplelike.com, but I think that it is humorous. Being considered white, it is funny to me to see a list of things that my culture likes and most of it is true. I don’t mind making fun of myself our culture, which is why I find it hilarious. An example of a post that I found accurate is the one about hummus. The post is about how hummus is an easy and inexpensive food to serve to white people because they all like it (of course I love hummus). It also says that, “Putting out a plate of hummus and pita makes white people very comfortable.” The post also makes fun of how white people are picky eaters. It gives an example of a frustrating conversation one person can have with a white person and then tells you how to avoid it by serving them hummus.

  12. Courtney King says:

    I would not consider “Stuff White People Like” to be humorous but it is filled with satire. It makes white people look as though they are trying to be a part of something they will never have to experience. The Wire is about the drug trade system in the African American community. The Wire shows the real experience of African Americans. In the Possessive Investment in Whiteness, you learn that blacks are more likely to be arrested on drug charges versus whites, even though the majority of drug users are white (10). The blog complied with this article shows that whites are more likely to be spectators of the mistreatment of African American. The drug trade is another example of how the African American community has received the short end of the stick because, “there are those who bring drugs into the country. That’s not the black community. Then you have those who are wholesalers, those who distribute them once they get her, and as a rule that is not the black community. Where you find the blacks is in the street dealing”(11). The idea that this reiterates the struggles of African Americans has become a popular show shows the obsession with the “other.”

  13. Alyx Smagacz says:

    As for the article What White People Like, I think that the idea of the whole website/book was made to make fun of white people by pointing out the ridiculous things that some people do. This of course is based off humor and I do not believe it was meant to offend anyone, but when taken lightly, the different things can actually be quite entertaining to read about, some more than others. The one that I chose that jumped out the most to me was Bonding with Their Downward Facing Humans. I found this article to be funny and entertaining. Being someone who enjoys yoga, but who has never had a dog I see this as ridiculous, but when I talked to my swim coach about the article, who has a German Sheppard, he said that his girlfriend wanted to go “doga” with their dog too(although he would never allow it). I think that the thought of having a pet and treating them as a person is sort of silly, it might just be because I’ve never had a dog, however I see this to be something that white people do, but I can also see other races feeling the same. I also find it funny that in the picture there are only white women, this also comments on the certain sex that would find this appealing, women. I don’t think that even for white people a man treating their dog like their human child and bringing them to something like doga would be common or even to take it a step further, socially acceptable.
    The possessive investment in whiteness seems to mean that there is almost a cash value in being white that being white means that there are so many more benefits as far as political and economical advantages.

  14. Linnea Zrioka says:

    The possessive investment of whiteness creates economic and social advantages for whites, in which racial outsiders are put in competition with each other to seek rewards and privileges of whiteness (3). The site comments on the possessive investment in whiteness through showing products whites use and situations in which whites feel superior. It says that the things white people like (for example vintage clothing, history degrees, ray-ban wayferers, moleskin notebooks), they like them because by having and liking these items they feel creative and eclectic. They feel superior because they feel that they are interesting people. I specifically looked at the post about white people liking vintage (#49). The post discusses how white people like to own vintage, whether it’s clothing, furniture, books, etc. For example, owning a cheap shirt from goodwill will make a white person feel “indie” even though they typically may have an expensive wardrobe. Having vintage items in a white person’s house will make them feel “unique and cooler than their friends,” which is the goal. The post is saying that by owning vintage, whites feel superior in that they feel unique, stylish, and cultured than other people.

  15. João Gomes says:

    “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness” and “Stuff White People Like” refer to the racial history of discrimination in America and intrinsic white supremacy.

    On one hand, the reading presents a historical overview of the socio-economical and political development of America’s racial identity. The author introduces a variety of areas, in which white individuals are the dominant and privileged race: loans, housing, health, education, employment and environment regulations. Racial animus and discriminatory policies are also presented in terms of the criminal justice system. According to the reading, “African Americans were four times more likely to be arrested on drugs charges that whites in the nation as whole” (10). The author establishes an intrinsic investment in whiteness that comes from a legacy of slavery, colonialism and immigrant restrictions. Due to this extreme possessive investment, racism is still very common in a country where “American” became synonymous of whiteness. Racism has developed throughout centuries, “taking on different forms and serving different social purposes in each time period” (5).

    On the other hand, the website “Stuff White People Like” ridicules this obsession and possessive investment in whiteness. This site humorously defines whites and their culture based on stereotypes and generalizations. I am white and I don’t identify with a range of posts presented on the website. Indeed, I don’t have the “#1 white winter jacket of all time: The Pea Coat” and I don’t go to “Ugly Sweater Parties.” The website is a critic to the possessive investment and definitions of racial identities. To be Black, Latino, Asian or White does not delineate the kind of coat or parties that one adores. Hence, “Stuff White People Like” sarcastically constructs a white identity, repelling a possessive racial investment. “In a society suffering so badly from an absence of mutuality, and absence of responsibility and an absence of justice, presence of mind might be just what we need,” which is embraced by “Stuff White People Like” (25).

  16. Donald Duncan says:

    In certain situations, it is okay to make fun of the stereotypes that we, as a society, may think is true but we know that it is not. The jokes can lighten the tension that later generation have created because of the standard of what group is acceptable “in order to stigmatize and exploit them while at the same time preserving in value of whiteness” (3). With the blogs like “Stuff White People Like,” a person must keep an open-mind about the discussions and topic they bring up before making the initial “I Dislike This” thought. One topic that I thought was interesting is #116: Black Music that Black People Don’t Like Anymore, in reference from the Jazz and Blues eras that only “Upperclass Whites” will use for relaxation to the early Hip-Hop culture that has created that commercial mainstream of rappers talking about anything lyrically and how the culture has forgotten its ways. When reading this post, it was interesting to see that the cycle of music was suppose to die once the Black Culture has finish with the fad, which is not true because fads recurring trends that anyone can bring back. Other point is that White People may like the music because it’s “real rap”; however, they may like it because they are interest and they can relate to situations the artist has conveyed in his song. So, despite what the blog is stating, it is good to look at all aspects of the thought before making a remark about the stereotypical jabs that are meant for entertainment.

  17. Lisa Sorensen says:

    The purpose of the website “Stuff White People Like” was to bring humor to the reader by how they portray different situations. The different stories the website provides, shows the stereotypes that are made about white people. I thought that #24 was a funny story. It discussed how white people take knowing wine to another level. Along with many others, this is a stereotype that has developed over time about white people. The possessive investment of whiteness shows how whites have created labels for themselves and others and has created the idea about what being white means. This is shown in the website about what white people like through the different stories.

  18. Dominick Campagna says:

    After reading through the article, I found most of the material to be entertaining. I am comfortable with the fact of others making fun of my own race, as long as the joke doesn’t go too far. I found section # 133 to be really funny. It talks about how big the world cup is and how Americans don’t know much about soccer. It mentions how we watch these games to get drunk and pretend that we are European for a few weeks, which are all things that take place, and now that someone says it in that way it is pretty funny to laugh at. But the point is that the article doesn’t go too far with bashing Americans. It is true that we don’t know much about the sport of soccer compared to our knowledge in football or baseball, and we or at least I can accept that fact that we lack some knowledge in soccer. Overall I believe that the site is just made for fun and not meant to hurt anybody. Most of it is information that has been picked up in the past of what whites or Americans like to do; any other race could also have this done due to the way people are categorized.

  19. Whitney Davis says:

    Possessive investment in whiteness is the action of keeping white people in power. In this chapter, whites are shown to have kept their power throughout history and in the present day through acts of racial discrimination. Acts of discrimination have kept white people in power because they give white people more advantages than other races in society. Some of the ways the chapter explains people have acted upon racial discrimination is through the Wagner Act, Social Security Act, Federal Housing Act, General Service Administration, and so forth. Such acts invest in whiteness by securing and propelling into the future, the powerful position that white people hold in society.

    This site comments on the possessive investment of whiteness by mentioning white people’s power that revolves around some of the things they like. For example, in the post that I read titled, “#112 Hummus” explains that it can be difficult for a host that is not white to please their white guests at dinner. This is because the article describes white people as picky eaters. Since the hosts wants to please the white guests, their dinner options are controlled by the white guest’s distinct taste in food. I find it funny that the author actually thinks white people’s palate is so controlling that he/she felt compelled to write a post about it. I find it funny because it seems like such a small matter since I have never thought that white people could be so frustrating to please. The post proposes hummus as a solution because the author claims all white people like hummus.

    Humor is seen throughout this site by exaggerating certain truths about white people to a point that it becomes comical. For example, this post claims that “All white people like hummus. In fact, if you find a white person who does not like hummus then they probably just haven’t tasted it or they are the wrong kind of white person. In either case, they are probably not someone that you want to know.” This is funny because the author is playfully and openly stretching the truth in order support his claim about hummus. The author is openly stretching the truth because everyone knows it is silly to judge someone due to their like or dislike for hummus. Plus, claiming that all white people like hummus is another silly exaggeration because not all white people are bound to like hummus. Humor is also present in this post through the use of irony which also contains content that has been exaggerated. This is seen when the article talks about how white people do not want to be “perceived as “annoying” or “that guy” who has to ask about the ingredients of everything they eat” yet they become “that guy” because they are “more afraid of being “that guy” that eats High Fructose Corn Syrup or pork.”

    Although there are some white people that fit the description in this post, it is important to acknowledge that not all white people like the same things. As seen in the comments attached to this post not all white people like hummus. Kedric wrote on December 13th 2010 that “Hummus is disgusting, as a white person, I think it’s one of the most hideous foods ever created. Also, I’m allergic to it, which I think preserves some of my whiteness.” Then Penny wrote on February 3rd 2011 that “This white girl enjoys high fructose corn syrup and pork in moderation, and doesn’t have any food allergies (but lies about a strawberry allergy to avoid eating them). I’m enjoying carrot sticks and lots of hummus right now. It’s so freaking good!” This shows two white person’s opposite opinions about hummus. In addition, the comments show that one white person has food allergies and the other white person does not. Therefore, white people, like all the other races, cannot and should not be classified into a certain category.

  20. Brittany Sheehan says:

    The possessive investment in whiteness refers to the ability of whites to benefit from the disadvantages of non-whites based on the claim that all other races are inferior. I found the website to be very interesting and some of the topics were very humorous. I think the main goal of this website is to portray these generalizations and stereotypes in a humorous way because if the topics are too serious or controversial people will be offended and this site is for personal enjoyment. I believe that a lot of the items on the list had truth to them, but I also believe that white people like being able to make fun of their own culture (hence the website). For some reason white people enjoy laughing about things that other white people like; however, I think that there would be a huge issue if this website were titled something like: “stuff minorities like,” or “stuff black people like” and it would be too controversial of a topic to discuss. I also think that this website doesn’t apply to all white people, and that it is more targeted to stuff middle class or upper-middle class white people and their interests. Although I found elements of truth in a lot of the items, I was particularly interested in #51 “living by the water.” The topic mentions that white people enjoy living by the water because it encompasses all of their favorite outdoor activities and that owning a house by the water is considered a great achievement for white people. I think that this is too vague to say that only white people are obsessed with living by the water because I know of a lot of people (various races) who do own or would love to own a place by the water. Also, when the article starts to mention that white people are willing to purchase second homes or a home in another country so that they can live by the water is a little extreme and doesn’t apply to all white people but upper-middle class or very wealthy people who have the luxury to purchase multiple properties.

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